When Brainchild began there was a much different plan for it. Everything seemed to be in place to give Brainchild the power to keep up with some of the industries leading brands. However, when the smoke finally cleared I realized that that assumption couldn't have been farther from the truth.
Having my own brand was always just an idea for me, and I knew that more then likely that that is what it would stay. So when it actually came to fruition, I was just going through the motions with a serious lack of quality guidance. Which resulted in a uncomfortable amount of unnecessary setbacks and careless decision making. So, I reevaluated my purpose with the brand, and the idea of being stressed out and anxious all the time trying to get a new brand up to speed with the industry really didnt get me stoked to do it anymore. I try to limit those types of emotions when it comes to anything to do with skateboarding. I need skateboarding, and my art stuff, to be an enjoyable outlet without any added mental anguish.
So I am doing this thing small, I will be doing limited runs of boards and other things, I will be signing the tops of every board and donating a portion of the proceed from everything Brainchild sells to charities.
The world is a tough place to live these days, especially without guidance or a place you can turn to talk to someone about what's weighing you down. I want Brainchild to be a community, I want to try and use Brainchild and my skateboarding to assist in possibly helping bring awareness to a variety of things, places people could potentially for guidance in their own lives if they are in search of it, As we grow this thing, links to the donated charities can be seen on the website. Friends, lets help each other, we are all dealing with this stuff together, I want to skate with all you friends until we can't anymore
Every board will be signed and numbered
If you want some brainchild art on your used brainchild board, supply the shipping to and from and ill get that done for you as well. ✌️✌️
"Make it better. Turn up the good, turn down the suck.
Turn down the suck knob.
I think you got the suck knob cranked to ten Ferrel".
With this graphic I was hoping to bring attention to the fact that we need to look out for one another. This year has been a rough one, we keep losing people in our lives because of what seems like an inability to find any sort of guidance in dealing with mental illness. Whether it's from loneliness, depression, anxiety or one of a variety of other reasons, these issues are so common these days, so we need to help our friends and loved ones feel comfortable enough to open up about what they're going through. That is why portions of the profits of these boards will be donated to Project Semicolon..
32.051" x 8.373"
Project Semicolon is an organization dedicated to the prevention of suicide. Our work is based on the foundation and belief that suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. Through raising public awareness, educating communities, and equipping every person with the right tools, we know we can save lives.
To begin I just want to clarify, I'm in no way a mental health expert, counsellor or have any experience dealing with mental issues on a professional level. What I do know is that, over the past couple years, I’ve had the unfortunate experience of dealing with good friends struggling, and taking their lives as they were convinced there was no other way out. This is something I feel an obligation to try and bring attention to within skateboarding. Too many of us try to cope alone.It’s unnecessary to suffer in silence friends.Mental illnesses do not discriminate. They don’t feed on the weak, they don’t care about skin colour, race, age, or nationality. They can affect anyone. This idea that owning up to your personal challenges is a sign of weakness is nonsense and shouldn’t exist ever. On the contrary, it should be a sign of strength, it can help others and should be supported.
This is the reason why I decided to shine some light on Project Semicolon.
I find Project Semicolon amazing for many reasons. I liked the fact that the people behind the organization don’t pretend to be mental health experts, psychiatrists, or qualified counsellors. They speak from experience (people like us) and allow their viewers to post stories of their own struggles and how they’ve managed to cope with what goes on in their minds. They offer information for teens, LGBTQ+, kids and adults of all ages who have experienced or are experiencing situations that are effecting their mental health. They offer directions on where you can go for professional help, the project is inclusive for people holding all kinds of different beliefs or religions, and just their overall goal of "presenting hope and love to those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction, and self-injury"
When I first read about Project Semicolon, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. The timing of what I was doing with this first run of Brainchild boards and how I was feeling in my life really made the project’s purpose something I felt strongly about. This is why I have decided to donate a portion of this run of boards to their cause.Whether or not you’re looking for information on anything you’re going through, please do go have a look at their website (https://projectsemicolon.com/). Donate if you feel the urge, or just read some of the many inspiring stories. It may spark something in you as it did in me.Project Semicolon,
thank you for what you do.
Project Semicolon - Mental Health & Suicide Prevention
My Story Isn't Over Yet
Sterling Golden - 2019